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USOC Exploring Possible Los Angeles-San Francisco Joint 2024 Olympics Bid

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    USOC Exploring Possible Los Angeles-San Francisco Joint Olympics Bid

    With Boston now out of the 2024 Olympics race, Los Angeles is exploring a new bid that could include Bay Area cooperation. Ian Cull reports. (Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015)

    With Boston now out of the 2024 Olympics race, Los Angeles is exploring a new bid that could include Bay Area cooperation.

    The United States Olympics Committee has reached out to San Francisco’s Olympics bid committee regarding a joint bid with Los Angeles, multiple sources within the San Francisco 2024 Olympic Bid and the USOC told NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai.

    “Discussions are taking place,” one of the sources said, but "a lot will have to happen in the next six weeks." 

    According to the Chronicle, Giants CEO Larry Baer, who led San Francisco's bid to host the games, got a call from LA sports agent Casey Wasserman on Tuesday to ask about the possibility of submitting a joint proposal to the U.S. Olympic Committee in September.

    "I'm not saying we are going to do it, but we are certainly open to discussing it," Baer told the publication.

    Tony Winnicker, who has worked with the office of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Olympics efforts, acknowledged that the city might also be open to the possibility.

    Sources say the USOC plans to vet the unique proposal at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur from July 31 to Aug. 3.

    Boston's bid to host the games had been selected to move forward in January over those by San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

    The U.S. Olympic Commitee ended Boston's bid after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Monday that he was not ready to sign a host city document that would force taxpayers to cover any cost overruns. 

    NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai contributed to this report.

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